Friends of the late Irene Cara recently expressed their condolences and paid tributes to the performer, following news of her passing.

Jennifer Beals, the star of “Flashdance”, shared a photo of her and the singer on social media and wrote, “Thank you brilliant Irene for your open heart and your fearless triple threat talent. It took a beautiful dreamer to write and perform the soundtracks for those who dare to dream.”

Debbie Allen, who collaborated with her in the TV version of “Fame”, tweeted, “My Heart Is Broken. #IreneCara was such a gifted and beautiful genius. Her talent and her music will LIVE FOREVER! FOREVER REMEMBER HER NAME!”

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Jennifer Beals shared this photo of Cara
Irene Cara in “Fame”

John Leguizamo posted, “She was one of the reasons I am here today! She made me believe if you were Latin you could make it! She fueled my community. She will be missed. Rest in power.”

As for musician Questlove, he posed, “….Now…….there is nothing. Goodbye Irene Cara. I’m Sad About This.”

News of Cara’s passing was reported on 26 November, with her publicist saying that she died at home in Florida. However, the cause is currently unknown.

The American singer, who was most known for her hit song “Flashdance (What a Feeling)”, began her career on Spanish-language TV before making a splash in 1980 when she bagged the role of Coco Hernandez in “Fame”.

She was 63.